Friends of the Scheig Center Gardens Garden Walk

DATE: Saturday, July 13, 2024
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Immerse yourself in nature’s beauty as you stroll through vibrant flowers, aromatic herbs, and lush greenery. This garden walk promises a serene escape and feast for the senses. There will be activities for kids and adults, guided tours, garden talks, art vendors, food and more.


  • Meet Rob Zimmer – local garden/nature author, expert and radio host
  • Musical performance by the Scheig Jammer Musicians – easy listening music in the shade
  • Guided walks and independent walks
  • Free Drawing for adults – Winners will receive garden-themed prizes
  • Edison Elementary School Boy Scouts – Popcorn and cold drinks

Activities for Children:

  • Make & take projects all day with the Appleton Public Library. Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
  • Face painting
  • Scavenger Hunt – for children Kindergarten through third grade.  Complete the scavenger hunt and be placed in a drawing for Dairy Queen gift certificates

Garden/Nature Partners:

  • Bubolz Nature Preserve
  • Marigold Mile, Appleton
  • Mosquito Hill Nature Center
  • Wild Ones Fox Valley Area


  • Affordable Art For Working People – Garden themed art and birdhouses.  Proceeds from this booth benefit the activities of the Friends of the Scheig Center Gardens
  • Cedar Harbor, Appleton – Garden art and gifts
  • Cheesehead Garden and Glass – Fused glass garden art
  • Matthew’s Teacup Succulents
  • Tree Charms by Colleen

Friends of Scheig Center Gardens is an all-friend group dedicated to the preservation, sustainability and enhancement of the Gardens. The advisory committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. at the Scheig Center except in December to plan and direct the group’s activities in cooperation with Parks staff. Interested individuals are welcome to attend these meetings. Like us on Facebook for all the most up to date information!

During the growing season, Friends gather under the guidance of Park staff to tend the gardens, planting, weeding, pruning, and updating the beds, shrubs and other features every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. sharp.  They also work hard to help keep invasive plant species at bay. While many of the Friends are Master Gardeners, anyone who enjoys the company of fellow gardeners and who is willing to perform these tasks following the Parks’ plan is welcome and encouraged to join the Friends.  If you have an interest in volunteering please scroll down and fill out the form below. 

Current Opportunities for Friends Involvement at The Scheig Center & Gardens  

  • Gardens maintenance: weeding, mulching, deadheading, planting /transplanting, watering.
  • Bed Diagramming and identification: drawing the plant locations in beds and identifying any with which you are familiar.
  • Community Outreach: helping with garden tours or other educational programs.
  • Social media content contributor: providing photos and/or short accounts of flowers, animals or events in the gardens for use on the Friends Facebook or web pages.
  • Share Information: Do you have an area of expertise which would benefit the Gardens?
  • Become active on the Friends Steering Committee.
  • Education: Are you new to gardening and looking for a way to learn more? Our volunteers are very knowledgeable and happy to share with others. Join us and help make The Gardens a better place as you learn how to improve your own.


Olivia Caravella, an Ambassador Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, and a Junior at Appleton North High School, raised over $10,000 to construct a 16×20 garden storage shed for her Gold Award project at the Scheig Center Gardens in Appleton’s Memorial Park

The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.  It represents the pinnacle of the Girl Scout leadership progression.  The Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts to solve a community problem in a sustainable way.

Caravella partnered with Drexel Building Supplies and the City of Appleton Parks and Recreation Department to plan, design, and source materials for the 16×20 garden shed.  She fundraised and recruited volunteers to build the shed and oversaw construction.  When asked why she chose this project, she responded “My family has volunteered at the Scheig Gardens for many years.  I participated in Marvin Gardens there as a child and have a connection to the gardens.  Building a shed is a hands-on project that I feel provides a lasting, impactful benefit to the many volunteers who maintain the Scheig Gardens and supports preservation of green spaces within the City of Appleton”. 

Here are a few pictures from the ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday, November 10th to celebrate the completion of the construction project.  It was attended by Mayor Woodford, Girl Scout Executives, Appleton Parks and Recreation Staff, and many volunteers.

Thank you and congratulations Olivia!  We appreciate all your hard work and your generous donation.  

2022 Friends of the Scheig Center Year in Review

The Gardens had another beautiful year due to all the work put in by the committee and all the volunteers. To read about the committee and the work that was done in 2022 click here.  

Congratulations to the 2022 Volunteer of the Year:  Terry Abney-Bane

Please fill out the below form if you have an interest in a member of the Friends of the Scheig Gardens to contact you.

Friends of the Scheig Center Gardens Membership Application
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